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Joe Battista

Joe Battista has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. He is best known for his effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. “JoeBa” is the owner of PRAGMATIC Passion, LLC consulting, a professional speaker, success coach, and the vice president of the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy (NAPSA). He is the author of a new book, “The Power of Pragmatic Passion.” Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 & ’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Pickleball Turned Out to Be Just the Right Sport for Me. It Might Be for You Too
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Pickleball Turned Out to Be Just the Right Sport for Me. It Might Be for You Too
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Whether you are ready to get out now or will be looking forward to a new activity when you feel more comfortable interacting with others, I may just have the right sport for you to try. [Read More]
A Plan to Save College Sports, While We Still Can
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A Plan to Save College Sports, While We Still Can
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
You know things are serious when Stanford, winner of the College Directors’ Cup for 25 consecutive years as the top NCAA college sports program, drops sports programs. [Read More]
We Are All Educators
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We Are All Educators
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It does not matter if you are a teacher, professor, administrator, technician, custodian, nurse, cafeteria staff, bus driver, coach, parent, a neighbor, or even a student yourself. We are all educators. We all teach life lessons every day. [Read More]
Back on the Ice, the Right Way
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Back on the Ice, the Right Way
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We pulled it off. We completed two weeks of summer hockey camp in Sun Valley, Idaho in spite of the coronavirus. How did this happen? Great leadership, research, planning, compliance, collaboration, and a dose of courage. [Read More]
Want to Start Getting Back to Normal? Wear Your Mask
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Want to Start Getting Back to Normal? Wear Your Mask
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We need all hands on deck to defeat the coronavirus. That means all of us doing our part and controlling what we can control to assist. It means making some short-term sacrifices for long term gains. [Read More]
At 60: Much Accomplished, Much Still to Do
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At 60: Much Accomplished, Much Still to Do
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
At 60, you reach another milestone birthday that is supposed to make you feel different. In reality, this one does for me. But in a positive way. I am excited for all the possibilities that await (as long as I stay healthy) as I enter the fourth quarter or, in hockey terms, the 3rd period of my life [Read More]
The 'Great Pause' Can Lead to the 'Great Comeback'
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The 'Great Pause' Can Lead to the 'Great Comeback'
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
During this time of the “Great Pause” I’d like to share a few signs that are spread throughout our house that I see, intentionally, every day to lift my spirits and guide me. [Read More]
Yes, We Can Change
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Yes, We Can Change
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
No one has all the answers as to why we still have ongoing race issues. I certainly don’t. What I do know is that we need to change. We all need to be a part of the solution. [Read More]
Memorial Day Weekend 2020 Is Still Worth Remembering
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Memorial Day Weekend 2020 Is Still Worth Remembering
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This Memorial Day weekend was unlike any other for most Americans due to the impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown on our nation. [Read More]
Job Gone? Internship Rescinded? School on Hold? What to Do Next
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Job Gone? Internship Rescinded? School on Hold? What to Do Next
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
While I am cautiously optimistic and encouraging everyone to remain positive, I am also a realist and an advocate for a practical and reasonable approach to preparing for the inevitable changes coming our way. [Read More]
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